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Homemade Candied Pecans Recipe

Homemade Candied Pecans Recipe

Homemade Candied Pecans Recipe: With this simple recipe, it’s easy to make candied nuts at home. They have the perfect amount of sweet and salty, and each bite has a great crunch. Put some in small jars to give as holiday gifts, or keep some to sprinkle on salads or serve to guests.

Homemade Candied Pecans Recipe


  • 1 cup white sugar (see Test Kitchen Tip below)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 pound pecan halves


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).

  2. Mix sugar, cinnamon, and salt together in a small bowl.

  3. Whisk egg white and water together in a large bowl until frothy. Toss pecans in the egg white mixture to coat. Slowly pour in sugar mixture and stir until pecans are evenly coated. Spread onto a baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Stir pecans and rearrange into a single layer. Continue to cook, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes, until pecans are evenly browned, another 30 to 50 minutes.

a close up view of a bowl full of candied pecans


  • Calories: 249 kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 17 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Fat: 20 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Sodium: 151 mg
  • Potassium: 128 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugar: 14 g
  • Vitamin A: 16IU
  • Vitamin C: 1 mg
  • Calcium: 31 mg
  • Iron: 1 mg


1) How to Make Candied Pecans

You’ll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here’s a brief overview of what you can expect when you make these candied pecans:

  1. Toss the pecans in the egg white-water mixture.
  2. Add the cinnamon, sugar, and salt and toss to coat.
  3. Bake the pecans, stirring once, in a preheated oven until the nuts are evenly browned.

2) How Can You Use Candied Pecans?

What can’t candied pecans be used for? Serve them as a snack, gift, topping for seasonal salads, ice cream, or pumpkin bread.

3) How Long Do Candied Pecans Last?

Store candied pecans in an airtight jar at room temperature for one week or in the fridge for three weeks. Include storage instructions if giving them as a gift.

4) Can You Freeze Candied Pecans?

Yes! Candied pecans freeze well. Place the cooled nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze for several hours or overnight. After freezing, put them in zip-top freezer bags. Wrap each bag with foil. Freeze flat for two months. Thaw in fridge.

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